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India, US to rekindle dialogues on homeland security

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India and the United States have announced to re-establish the Homeland Security Dialogue with impetus on issues such as cybersecurity, emerging technology and violent extremism.

Homeland security dialogue was part of the bouquet of bilateral engagements between the two nations till some years ago.

India and the U.S. announced the decision of resuming dialogues on Homeland Security after a brief meeting between US secretary for homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Indian ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

The two officials “agreed to re-establish the US-India Homeland Security Dialogue and discuss important issues such as cybersecurity, emerging technology, and addressing violent extremism”, said a statement of the department of homeland security.

Foreign and defense ministers of India and the US met in New Delhi in 2020 and decided to “reinvigorate” the dialogue – between the US department of homeland security and India’s ministry of home affairs.

Mayorkas and Sandhu also deliberated on “the positive engagement” that has ensued already between the two countries since the US President Joe Biden took office.

India and the US already held a summit-level meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the Quad, between the US, India Japan and Australia.

The Quad summit resulted in agreement of increased cooperation among the four nations on a slew of areas including emerging technology, which will be headed by the Quad Critical and Emerging Technology Working Group. The Quad summit also agreed upon Covid-19 vaccine distribution and climate — announced by the four leaders.

Mayorkas and Sandhu also discussed other areas of interest, such as “the important contributions of students and entrepreneurs that have made both countries stronger”.  

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